Academy Life
Year 11 2018

Year 11 2018

Year 11 Key Dates 2018

14 November 2017 – Intervention Evening for Parents, Carers & Students
w/c 4 & 11 December 2017 – PPEs
2 January 2018 – Year 11 Conferences
16 January 2018 – Parents’ Evening (subjects)
24 February 2018 – Year 11 Saturday Schools commence
w/c 5 & 12 March 2018 – PPEs (Round 2)
27 March 2018 – Intervention Evening for Parents, Carers & Students
dtbc May 2018 – Public exams begin


Throughout the academic year and particularly during the exam period Academy staff are always available to support students and their families.

During the summer exam period we arrange a timetable of before, during and after school revision sessions as well as weekends and half term intervention classes.  Students should ensure they take full advantage of all the additional opportunities to help maximise their grades.

Please remember that staff are also available to support any student, or their family members, suffering from exam anxiety or stress.

  • Breakfast Revision
    These sessions will run on the morning of the exam to give last minute hints, tips and advice. They can be crucial as students have information fresh in their head just before they walk into the exam. Breakfast revision sessions start at 7:30am and are approximately one hour in duration.
  • Revision Conferences
    These revision session take place during the school day when the exam in a subject is imminent. Due to constraints on the school timetable it is not possible to offer revision conferences for all exams.
  • Twilight Revision
    These sessions run on evenings when the exam in a subject is imminent (i.e. in 1 or 2 days). Twilight sessions are extended revision sessions at the end of the school day at crucial points in time and give students a longer period of time to revise with their teacher. Twilight revision sessions start at 3:00pm and are approximately 2 hours in duration.
  • Weekend Schools
    Students study key aspects of the exam with a subject specialist from 9:00 – 12:15. Students are required to remain on the school site for duration of the session but are not required to wear their school uniform. 


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Practice makes perfect!  Download a free Maths App
Students in Years 10 and 11 + those who are retaking their GCSEs should ensure they download  the free PixL Maths App.  This easy to use App is the ideal tool for students to develop their independent learning, practice maths and receive immediate feedback.  It’s just one of a range of revision resources that Maths teachers recommend.
The maths app is accessible for all year groups in the following way (in case you have forgotten):
School Login: CW438
Student Login: surnameforname
Student Password: surnameforname
If you are in any doubt about how to login, please see your Maths teacher.


Where should my child revise?

Unsurprisingly the revision environment is critically important component in ensuring that a revision session is productive. It is vital that the revision environment is as quiet, calm and pleasant as possible: It`s essential to keep a positive attitude when working. Staying positive affects people`s ability to work efficiently and their ability to revise over long periods of time. All students at the academy are welcome to stay under supervision in either their own school or within the William Morris building until 4pm every evening, if they have no specific period 8 intervention sessions that day.

How long should they be revising for?

Every year 11 student at this point in the academic year should spend at least 2 hours each evening revising for the pre-public examinations; one of these hours includes the period 8 sessions that they are attending. The remaining hour should be spent revising material from two other subjects they are studying (30 mins each).

How should my child revise?

There are a wide variety of ways in which your child can revise depending on the subjects and your child’s favoured learning style (one size does not fit all). Students may decide to sit and read quietly, use exam papers to practice, some enjoy having a more hands-on approach-rewriting notes, making flash cards, creating mind maps and others prefer to use online tools like a video, interactive educational websites, using applications [apps] on their phone etc.  Different approaches to revising should be encouraged as it is a good way of students spicing up their revision session, making it more interesting which subsequently will keep them interested and allow them to concentrate for longer periods of time.

It is important for parents/carers to be quite hands on so please do have a glance over revision cards they may have produced, concept maps/diagrams, notes, if they are reading maybe try testing them on simple What? When? Where? Why? How? questions to help push your child even further.

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All students will be provided with subject specific areas for focus and subject examination revision packs/booklets. Revision guides have also been provided to students in some subjects. Please check that your child has these important resources.

Below are some specific websites with revision materials that your child can use at home to aid with their revision for the pre-public examinations and beyond.

Subject Revision Sites
General revision websites
Maths Course Outline: Three Papers 80 Marks each. One Non Calculator and Two Calculator papers. Each paper lasts 1hr 30 mins. Exam board is Pearson Edexcel. Pupils taking the higher tier paper can achieve grades 3-9 and those on foundation can achieve 1-5.

English Language
  • New GCSE English Language AQA Revision Guide – For the Grade 9-1 Course (CGP)
  • New GCSE English Language AQA Workbook – For the Grade 9-1 Course (CGP)
  • REVISE AQA GCSE English Language Revision Workbook: For the 9-1 Exams – REVISE AQA GCSE English 2015
  • Youtube: Mrbruff’s videos (type in English Language 9-1 AQA)
English Literature An Inspector Calls


A Christmas Carol

Additional Science Course Outline: Three Units on Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

  • My Revision Notes: AQA GCSE Religious Studies: Religion and Life Issues and Religion and Morality (Lesley Parry, Jan Hayes and Kim Hands) which covers the content for both RE exams. (approximately £7.99 on Amazon).
  • There are teachers in other schools who have made videos on youtube which students may find useful (
  • GCSE Bitesize
  • BBC Languages
  • Channel 4 Languages
  • Doddle ( – login details required by student
  • Kerboodle (   – login details required by students
  • Linguascope ( – login details required by student
  • Memrise ( – personal login details required by student  and also available as an app

‘AQA Revision Guide and Workbook’ – All students can place their order with their teacher.

AQA specification – All students should have one and should be learning at least 25 words a week.

GCSE Computer Science Useful Websites:

Suggested Books:


Sean O’Byrne and Georg Rouse


ISBN – 978-1-910523-00-1 third edition

By Susan Robson 

The resources being used are based on this book

£17.99 from

GCSE Media
  • WJEC GCSE Media Studies: Study and Revision by Christine Bell
  • External Assessment: Written Examinations: 40%
GCSE Film Studies
  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies: Study and Revision Guide by Jacke Newman
  • All pupils are given a GCSE PE Revision Guide
  • Physical Education Pocket Poster: Free Apple App
  • GCSE PE: Apple App £2.99
  • IPOD free download: see 2012 staff
  • BBC Bitesize Edexcel
  • CGP GCSE Revision Guides
  • : This website has revision cards, flashcards and mindmaps for pupils studying PE GCSE EDEXCEL
  • : This website has exam style questions and revision guides on areas of the syllabus. This is also available as an app for £3.99
  • Students are studying the EDEXCEL specification (2DR01) practical exam April 2017
  • Revision guides are available from the Drama Team.
GCSE Business Studies Revision websites

A great revision book to buy REVISE Edexcel GCSE Business Revision Guide: Units 1, 3 & 5 (REVISE Edexcel GCSE Business09) ISBN 978-1446903735

REVISE Edexcel GCSE Business Revision Workbook (REVISE Edexcel GCSE Business09)  ISBN 978- 1446903736